The country’s national flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe says it is targeting to increase domestic frequencies and enhance its operations with the delivery of additional aircraft which was undergoing scheduled maintenance.
The national airline which is currently operating aircraft 767-200ER which is servicing the domestic and regional routes is upbeat on improving its schedule with the delivery of the 737-200 with a capacity to carry 105 passengers.
In an interview on the sidelines of the recently held Team Tourism workshop in Victoria Falls, Air Zimbabwe Marketing Manager, Tafadzwa Zaza, said the entity is pleased with shareholder support, adding that the delivery of the 737-200 will result in increased domestic frequencies.
“We are currently operating one aircraft servicing the domestic route but as l speak in two to three weeks’ time we will have an additional aircraft which will certainly enhance our operations,” he said.
Guided by its strategic plan the airline says it is working on consolidating the domestic operations while also targeting to resume international flights as part of the medium to long term targets.
Meanwhile, Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe, President Winnie Muchanyuka says there is a need for consistent allocations of funds from the treasury to clear the US$190 million owed to international airlines.
“We clearly understand the tight fiscal position which the treasury has to operate under, but we do believe that going forward there is the need for consistent allocation of smaller amounts in order to clear the debt in order to reduce the huge debt,” she said.
The national airline which is saddled with a US$380 million legacy debt was placed under an administrator in 2018. Analysts have called for a debt assumption strategy in order to clean the entity’s balance sheet and make it attractive to potential investors.